Jump to content

Boat washing with salt water

Recommended Posts

For those of you in Auckland, how are you cleaning your decks and topsides without using fresh water?

We usually give the boat a good soapy scrub this time of year with plenty of fresh water and a hose, but with the water restrictions in Akl we'll need to use seawater. So question is, is there a decent saltwater detergent that we should use? or what are others doing to stay presentable?

Thx muchly



Link to post
Share on other sites

Two options I've recently done

  • I recently hooked up out water blaster to the salt water deck wash pump and gave the boat a good washdown - worked mint and the next lot of rain washed the salt all away. Hopped in the dinghy and cleaned up the waterline too, which is a good way to do it when you have 180ft of dirty waterline (44ft cat).
  • We recently hauled out and wanted to wash the boat down in the yard - so we took our own water to the yard in a 250L plastic barrel on our dinghy trailer. We have a 10,000 rainwater tank at home, so heaps of water there. Lasted about a hour of waterblasting. I might do this next time I need to give the boat a good washdown on the mooring, just take the full water barrel out in the dinghy. 



Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the input all, for some reason i never knew salt water boat soap existed!

Looks like a trip to Bursco and some elbow grease are on the adgenda this weekend.


BTW Wheels, shes 42ft of Comalcos finest, barely a timber fibre in sight 😎 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...